2008 Ford Kuga crossover SUV

2008 Ford Kuga comes to Europe
2008 Ford Kuga

The 2008 Ford Kuga crossover SUV will soon arrive to European dealerships. Designed to make a stand against such premium-class vehicles as the upcoming Audi Q5 and VW Tiguan, as well as the current BMW X3, the new compact SUV will probably be not as sporty, but it will feature a list of materials and technology options previously rarely associated with a car made by an American brand.

Created with Ford Europe’s new “Kinetic Design” in mind, the car-based SUV looks absolutely stunning. At least, the front part of it.

2008 Ford Kuga crossover SUV

The rear part is definitely out of the short-list of the nominees for the Unique Rear Part Design Solution Award, heavily borrowing from other recent mid-size crossovers, like, say, new RAV4, Toyota Vanguard, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Qashqai / Rogue.

For the rest of it, the Kuga looks really beautiful, although a little bit too feminine, to my taste.

The 2008 Ford Kuga will be motivated by Ford’s 2.0-liter 136 PS Duratorq TDCi diesel engine mated to a Durashift 6-speed manual transmission.

The crossover will be available in either 4WD or FWD. The latter is perfectly OK for the Western Europe, where you may spend your entire life without a chance to see real mud or snow.

2008 Ford Kuga crossover SUV (side view)
2008 Ford Kuga (interior)

Photos: Ford

See also: 2008 VW Tiguan compact crossover SUV